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Updated April 22, 2017
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  • Work life balance has leaned more toward work in the last few years (in 322 reviews)

  • No work-life balance and highly demanding (in 72 reviews)

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  1. "Financial Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really depends on the team but a lot of great people to work with within the organization, had a couple excellent managers in my time there

    Cons

    Again really depends on the team you are in but the hours can start to add up quick, especially during month end and close periods.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that lower levels of management are sending the same messages to their teams that are being sent out in the all hands meetings.


  2. "Nice company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, caring and helpful coworkers, lots to learn and innovation

    Cons

    too many processes and internal systems to follow, bureaucracy


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Staff Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Not Sure
    Salary increased
    Benefit decreased

    Cons

    Too Much politics ..
    Veterans don't want to leave their position and do politics .. most old employees are technically incompetent

    Advice to Management

    Reduce upper management, Directors. They don't work and have lot of free times to give engineers hard time who actually works


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "IT Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation, bonus program, benefits, communication, physical environment, great business analysts

    Cons

    Culture, command and control culture, inflexible management style

    Advice to Management

    There are other important parts of the business besides engineering, and they are being smothered by oppressive management


  6. "Sr Staff Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good place for cellular technology. Departments vary by their style. QCT is aggressive and driven deadline. The rest of departments are generally known to be more relaxed then QCT. More politics emerging with restructures. Good technology experience

    Cons

    Thick management, burecrautic, at times hostile, tougher for woman (not a strong network)

    Advice to Management

    Less meetings, more empowerement, need more diversity, benefits and recognition areas could be improved


  7. Helpful (2)

    "You must be politically and technically savvy to survive ."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay. Many interesting technical project. Always on your feet working. Flexible hours. Casual environment. Open door policy. Opportunity to travel business class if you like traveling.

    Cons

    Too much politics. If your work ethic is to just focus in getting your work done this is not the right place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Minimize politics


  8. "Great place to work at"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director Technology in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director Technology in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place for work life ballance

    Cons

    The culture will take a bit of getting used to.


  9. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager, Staffing in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Manager, Staffing in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Qualcomm offers a variety of employment opportunities that allow growth. Had a great benefit package; however, it has change, yet still better than most companies in San Diego. The people at Qualcomm are great to work with, and you continually find learning opportunities. Very flexible working environment.

    Cons

    Flexible working environment, but could offer more telecommuting options to employees overall. However, some management team member are very flexible.

    Advice to Management

    To provide more better and more frequent communication to team on goals of the company.


  10. "Challenging times likely to continue in 2017"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Qualcomm is becoming a company with a great cultural history, I'm hopeful that they are able to find their way again in 2017
    Continues to be home to some of the brightest, most accomplished people in technology, employees here from all functions are just as (or more) accomplished and professional than those of the best known Silicon Valley firms

    Cons

    Growing reputation for being a boiler room, work-life balance will take a hit
    Challenging market conditions and financial results have resulted in substantial and ongoing headcount reductions in most parts of the company


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked on a small team that thrived under good management - we were encouraged to find new solutions, given reasonable goals, and for the most part I felt valued as a team member. Great pay, great health benefits (until 2016), and flexible work schedule due to long hours (meaning I could work from home after hours). Sadly, my team and I were affected by the 2015 layoff.

    Cons

    Favoritism is rampant in upper management, they will move their friends into departments for "process improvement" with little or no experience. It's typically disastrous to the team as they try to please the new management while making improvements that are not helpful. It's a lose-lose deal. Everyone is also over-worked and therefore unwilling to adopt any new process that costs their team any time or effort, even it the long term gain outweighs the short-term learning curve. Promotions are difficult if you are not playing the political game.

    Advice to Management

    When you launch improvement or cost-cutting initiatives, use some quantifiable metrics to measure success and not simply the word of the Director or VP. Get some real data from the people who work directly on the project.



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